Aliens, gnomes, and assorted food items made trendy costumes way back when.
These 15 critics may have felt silly later on.
"The peculiar mix of modernism and death reflects the things most kitsch, troubling, and beautiful about our modern culture."
Mark Twain famously never let his schooling interfere with his education--and neither did these nine other writers.
These beloved writers rode bikes before it was cool.
Selected illustrations by Allyson Mellberg from her latest solo show Endogenous, now in Paris
Do you recognize the kid-size incarnations of these beloved authors?
Twenty impressions of mortality; from Faulkner, Proust, and other great minds
A look at how writers channeled pure evil into its cutest and its creepiest forms
How 'The Great Gatsby' and other enduring works of literature were first marketed
The witty social commentator David Rakoff will be missed—both by his readers and by his frank, funny contemporaries.
These novels imagine the apocalypse—some urgently, some helplessly, and some even affectionately.
'Die Hard,' 'Rambo,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', and seven other films with surprising literary roots
Some of us live and die by the list—and it seems we're in good company.
A collection of some beloved authors' signature versions of their favorite recipes
What Rory Gilmore, Don Draper, and Margot Tenenbaum have on their bedside tables
Do publishers or movie studios tell a better story in one picture?
The long histories of modern-sounding colloquialisms
Don't eat magic figs, don't forget your crayon, and don't let insane cats into your home
A tour of the residences that shaped some of history's greatest writers